equid

noun
\ ˈe-ˌkwid How to pronounce equid (audio) , ˈē- How to pronounce equid (audio) \

Definition of equid

: any of a family (Equidae) of perissodactyl mammals consisting of the horses, asses, zebras, and extinct related animals

Examples of equid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These vehicles were not pulled by horses, but by oxen and other draft animals, or equids such as donkeys or mules. National Geographic, 30 Apr. 2020 Cattle and other livestock can also transmit diseases such as anthrax and babesiosis to the wild equids. National Geographic, 25 Mar. 2020 Bovids, equids and, in particular, canids, were put to work by H. sapiens; felids always took a slightly different view of the matter, but were indulged for their rodent-catching talents. The Economist, 22 June 2019 The art includes 11 unharnessed camels and two equids—donkeys, mules or horses—grazing in natural environments. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 14 Feb. 2018 With beautifully Zebra-esque striped legs, soft gray fur, a white belly and spiky black-and-gray manes, these asses stand out from the wild equid pack. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, 2 Aug. 2017 P. convexa also died out, perhaps because of a specialized foraging dependency on proboscideans, equids, camelids, or other large mammals. Brian Switek, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2011 See More

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First Known Use of equid

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for equid

New Latin Equidae, family name, from Equus, genus name, from Latin, horse

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The first known use of equid was circa 1889

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“Equid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equid. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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